Dr. Howard Redding Blackburn

September 06, 1919 - September 21, 2006 

Dr. Howard Redding Blackburn

September 06, 1919 - September 21, 2006 

Obituary for Dr. Howard Redding Blackburn

’37 Parkersburg H.S. Graduate Dies

Dr. Howard R. Blackburn, 87, died September 21. He was born on September 6, 1919 in Tulare, South Dakota.

A 1937 Parkersburg High School graduate, he attended Asbury College for two years before earning his undergraduate degree from the University of Louisville, where he then received his medical degree in September, 1944.

A WWII veteran, Dr. Blackburn served as a Lieutenant Junior Grade in the U.S. Navy medical core stationed aboard the USS Carrier Cardbay in the South Pacific. Following his honorable discharge in 1946, Dr. Blackburn had a general medical practice in Marietta, Ohio. He later studied to specialize in radiology at University of Southern California and University of Pennsylvania Medical School.

In 1951, he reenlisted in the US Navy at Camp Le Jeune Naval Base where he served his internship in radiology. He was discharged in 1955 and moved to Louisville.

He was married to Ruth Ann Gallagher on June 3, 1956 and practiced radiology in Louisville and served on the staff of Norton Infirmary.

Dr. Blackburn relocated to Noblesville, Indiana in 1962. Upon arriving in Indiana, Dr. Blackburn served as chief radiologist for Riverview Hospital from 1962 until 1982. Until retiring in 1999, Dr. Blackburn provided his medical services at various locations in Kentucky; Charity Hospital in New Orleans; and Naval Hospital in Havelock, NC.

Dr. Blackburn attended Hope Church with his family beginning 1962 and later Faith Missionary Church where he became an active member and remained so until recent years when he began attending Grace Church in Noblesville.

While residing in Noblesville, Dr. Blackburn has been actively involved in many civic and philanthropic organizations and served as past president of the Noblesville Kiwanis Club and the Hamilton Southeastern Booster Club and as a board member of Central Indiana Youth for Christ.

An avid barbershop quartet singer, Dr. Blackburn was a fifty year member of the Barbershop Harmony Society and performed as a member of the international champion Louisville Thorobred Chorus in 1962. Dr. Blackburn attended many annual barbershop conventions throughout the United States, including the most recent convention held this summer in Indianapolis. Dr. Blackburn produced a musical album entitled Barbershopping in Brass featuring brass instruments performing barbershop harmony.

Dr. Blackburn also enjoyed building, collecting and refurbishing trains of all sizes, from models to full-size train cars. A founding member of the Kentucky Railway Museum and the Illinois Railway Museum; Dr. Blackburn was instrumental in the creation of the Indiana Transportation Museum, where he was still actively involved on a daily basis.

Visitation will be held at Faith Missionary Church, 9125 N. College Ave, Indianapolis, Sunday, September 24 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Funeral services will be immediately following at the church. A private burial service will be held on Monday, September 25, at Oaklawn Cemetery.

Dr. Blackburn is survived by his wife, Ruth Ann; sons Roger and John Blackburn; daughter Beth Blackburn Boles; sister Margaret Jane McFarland; half-brothers David and Bob Blackburn; eight grand-children: Martha Blackburn, Conor Daly, Baylee Blackburn, Colin Daly, Christian Daly, Mia Blackburn, Carter Boles, and Lilly Blackburn; and many loved cousins, nieces and nephews.

Dr. Blackburn is predeceased by his first wife, Martha Alverta Flesher of Wirt County, WV, the mother of Roger Blackburn.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Central Indiana Youth for Christ, 4707 W. 72nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46268.

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